Mutharika will not call ‘demonic’ referendum –Wakuda

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika will not call for a referendum to renew his mandate as demanded by quasi-religious Public Affairs Committee (PAC), governing DPP secretary-general Wakuda Kamanga has said.

PAC delegates called on Mutharika to resolve Malawi’s myriad economic and political problems immediately or call for a national referendum in 90 days to renew his mandate or resign the presidency within 60 days.

The highly-regarded group officially delivered the conference ultimatum to Mutharika through State House and the Office of the President and Cabinet.

Kamanga: No refrendum

The President responded that he will not step down until he finishes his constitutional term in 2014. He did not comment on the call for referendum.

But responding to a question on Straight Talk programme on Capital FM, Kamanga said the issue of referendum is a non-starter.

“Referendum for what? Nobody has come out with clear answers as why there should be a referendum in the country,” outspoken Kamanga said.

He said proponents of referendum have not given “substantive reasons” to back their call.

“What has gone wrong in this nation?  It’s just because some people have hate this administration and go to international community to paint bad image of this country,” said Kamanga.

“What has gone wrong really that would warrant an issue of referendum,” he asked.

Kamanga emphatically said Mutharika “will not at all” call a referendum.

He nonetheless said DPP is “very, very strong across the country” and would win an election if it was called today.

Kamanga also said he snubbed the PAC meeting because the religious leader conference drawing members from influential Catholic church, Presbyterians and Muslims a “demonic” agenda to advocate for “regime change”.

Mutharika has come under increasing pressure to resolve what his opponents call the country’s economic crisis. Critics blame him for failing to resolve disputes with international donors, who are withholding funds to the southern African nation.

But Kamanga dismissed as without merit accusations that there is bad governance and that the country has reverted to dictatorship.

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